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Portland Daily Round Up: Health officials set to give COVID-19 update, man dead after shooting in Portland's Old Town

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Jan. 28 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Man dead after shooting in Portland's Old Town neighborhood

Portland police said a man was shot and killed in the Old Town neighborhood of downtown Portland early Friday. Officers responded to a report of someone shot at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Couch Street around 2:16 a.m. Once at the scene, police found a man with gunshot wounds and attempted to provide first aid until paramedics arrived. According to police, the man was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived and Portland police have not yet released any suspect information. Details of what led to the shooting have not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3774, or Det. Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0457.

2. Oregon health officials to give COVID-19 pandemic update

Oregon health officials are scheduled to give an update on the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response on Friday at 11 a.m. Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and epidemiologist, will join the Oregon Health Authority for the update.

OHA reported 7,871 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 19 more COVID-19-related deaths. Earlier this week, the state surpassed 6,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. OHA also reported 1,130 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, 169 of which were in intensive care units.

3. Portland city trade workers announce intent to strike following negotiations expiration

On Thursday night, Portland city trade workers with the District Council of Trade Unions put in their notice of intent to strike. This includes workers in the water bureau, transportation, policing and finances, over 11,000 city workers. Over 86% of DCTU members voted for the strike, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. Legally, the group is required to give the city 10 days’ notice.

Union members voted to authorize a strike last week, after their contract negotiations with the city expired. There’s still “no deal” for a new contract. DCTU is made up of several unions, including AFSCME Local 189, IBEW Local 48, Operating Engineers Local 701, Machinists District Lodge 24, Plumbers Local 290 and Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5.

4. Vancouver police report at least 7 incidents of TikTok's so-called 'door kick challenge'

Vancouver police are investigating at least seven incidents linked to the so-called “door kick challenge,” a TikTok trend where users record themselves kicking in front doors on unsuspecting people. Vancouver police said they responded to at least seven incidents within an hour on Wednesday evening, most of which occurred in the Hearthwood Neighborhood on Vancouver’s east side.

“This isn’t a home invasion, or anything like that level, but to a homeowner that’s what it feels like. So the criminal level is not that high but the consequence could be extremely high,” Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Kim Kapp said. “The shock to a homeowner who’s just sitting there minding their own business at the dinner table when their door gets kicked in… We don’t want anyone getting hurt based on a prank that’s gone wrong.”

According to police, most of the suspects are teenage males. Surveillance video captured a dark-colored four-door sedan with chrome spoke wheels driving away from one of the homes. Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact Vancouver police.

Officials are asking parents to talk to their kids about the challenge. Kapp says the crime is likely a gross misdemeanor, which can lead to up to a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

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